I have been getting a lot of questions about my hydrangeas, and the elusive “autumn hydrangea”. What variety are yours? Is autumn hydrangea a special variety? Does it only bloom in the fall? What can I do with it? Well here is everything you need to know about my hydrangea which just happen to be an autumn hydrangea variety.
Okay so my hydrangeas seen here, are a variety called Limelight Hydrangea. They are one of the few varieties that actually love the sun, which make them super easy to grow. Mine are only 2 years old and are absolutely gigantic. They are so big that I will probably be transplanting them the a larger area next spring. Keep in mind that all hydrangeas love water, so matter what your variety make sure to water them regularly. They also prefer to drink through their petals and and leaves as well as they root system. So a nice misting will go along way with this plant. Also after cutting submerging the heads will keep them looking fresh and hydrated longer, prior to design work.
Autumn Hydrangea refers to the color of the heads still on a hydrangea plant in the fall. Some will turn a beautiful pinkish purple tone in the fall months as the plant starts to go dormant. The Limelight Hydrangea, is a prime example of this color change, and are highly sough after by floral designers. These are the exact same hydrangeas above as they enter into the autumn.Here is a look at the variation while still on the plants. You can see the above picture doing prime growing season of June, and my current day hydrangeas as they change colors in September and October.
To winterize hydrangeas, cut back the entire plant, and leave them in the ground, as hydrangeas can handle freezing weather during their dormant period. I promise they will grow back even stronger the following year.
Another tip is cutting the autumn hydrangea blooms as the plant starts to go dormant, will allow you to dry them and they will actually retain their color. These blooms above in the white pitcher are actually dried from a previous arrangement from my Bushel and Peck Table seen below, which we fresh cut from the plant. Please note that not all hydrangea will dry up pretty. The fresh white or lime green hydrangea seen in the spring/summer will eventually droop and turn brown and not become a very pretty dried head for arrangements. So it is better to cut the heads and dry them individually. The versatility of the Limelight Hydrangea though out the year is amazing. I can have fresh cut white flowers in early spring, lime green during the summer and the lime with pink/purple highlights in the fall. It is like having 3 plants in one, a floral designers dream!!!Here is a sneak peak at where else I plan on using my plethora of dried autumn hydrangea this fall. This will be part of my “Fall Table Decorated 3 Ways” due to release in early October, along with our Fall Home Tour next week!!! Be sure sign up for emails so you don’t miss it!!!
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